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Leonetti Reserve 2012

$174.99

SKU W-6299

750ml

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The nose on this wine turns up the volume to 11 (Spinal Tap style). Divinely complex with notes of sweet fresh and dried flowers, balsam, crème brûlée, and vanilla. Pure ripe fruit without being cloying. Background notes of a freshly cut White Fir awaiting Christmas lights. Delicious, incredible length, with a string of perfect acidity coursing throughout and supporting the intense fruit with levity and freshness. Qualitatively, I think this wine is on par with the 2010 but is showing well earlier in its lifespan, offering more immediate drinking pleasure. Remarkably, a small portion of Cabernet from our new Serra Pedace Vineyard contributes to the blend. This is a rarity, in which fruit this young would qualify for the Reserve blend, and bodes incredibly well for the future of this vineyard.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country United States
Region Washington
Appellation Walla Walla Valley
Brand Leonetti
  • wa98

Wine AdvocateOne of the wines of the vintage, the 2012 Walla Walla Reserve is an incredible wine that could rival the 2010 down the road. A blockbuster blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot and 6% Merlot, it's overflowing with notions of cassis, plum, licorice, toasted spice and asphalt-like aromas and flavors. Big, inky, massively concentrated and structured, with a serious lashing of tannin, it pushes on the ripeness scale, yet stays lively, pure and focused, with killer length on the finish. Aged 22 months in new and once used French oak barrels and puncheons, it will be approachable in 3-4 years, and keep for three decades.

Jeb Dunnuck, June 2015
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Wine SpectatorA swarm of fine tannins swirls around a sleek core of peppery black cherry and plum flavors, nicely nuanced and gliding through a long and expressive finish. Has presence and integrity. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Best from 2017 through 2024. 1,132 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, 2015

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